Activities


“There can be no age limit to the enjoyment of new experiences.”
– Diana Tennant

Wine-Tasting Tours & the World of Burgundian Food

Holidays in this region are not complete without indulging in one of its main attractions - the world of wine and food, which is why we have dedicated a whole page to this satisfying topic. Of course, Missery is perfectly located to take day trips to the world-class vineyards of Burgundy: Chablis, Dijon, and Beaune, for example, are just but a short drive away and wine-tastings or tours of multiple wineries can easily be arranged, just ask.

Balloon Rides, Horse-Back Riding & Painting in Burgundy

In addition, there are plenty of things to see, do, and learn in Burgundy: Missery and its surroundings are an ideal setting to let the body rest and the soul rejuvenate. Spoil yourself with leisurely sports such as horse-back riding or golfing; stretch yourself during our yoga retreat or relax in the luxury Spa in nearby Saulieu; or, perch yourself in a shady spot in the grounds and paint to your heart's delight; all from the comfort of your temporary home in the beautiful grounds of the Château de Missery.

Burgundy is bursting with activities and attractions. For the more adventurous, one of the best ways of seeing this unspoilt countryside is from the air in an air balloon, floating around, free as a bird, over the château and beyond. 

The Stunning Lakes and Rivers of Burgundy

If you enjoy activities in the water, you need not travel all the way to the South of France: take a trip to the lakes in the Morvan Natural Park, where you can swim and feast on their banks, with a picnic made of local or kitchen garden produce. Or, glide along the beautiful Canal de Bourgogne on a barge for a leisurely amble through the Auxois, then take a cycle ride back to base camp alongside the canal, or along the pretty lanes and villages. 

For the kids (big or small) you might want to test your monkey skills and zip wire between branches high in the tree-tops in adventure camps, an experience worthy of an adventurer's bucket list!

History Tours, Biking Trips & Croquet

Golfers can enjoy a round at the championship course at the Château de Chailly, 15 km towards Pouilly-en-Auxois and, closer to home, there is a 9-hole beginner’s course in the next door village of Fontangy. Other activities and entertainments include tennis in the nearby village, canoeing near Cry-sur-Armonçon, piano playing at home, wine tastings and classical concerts. For those who like to explore historic sites, architectural marvels, and classic arts during their holidays, Burgundy, with its famous châteaux, medieval churches and picturesque villages, is an ideal place to be. 

Best of all, stay at home - cool off and create whirlpools in the round stone bassin in the kitchen garden; thrash your opponents with a championship game of ping-pong; row around the moat; brush up your watercolour skills and paint the 13th Century towers reflected in the waters; take up your mallet and beat your rivals at croquet on the front lawn. The château itself has so many fun and leisurely activities on offer that many guests simply choose to spend most of their time here. 

Join us for a Cookery Experience or a Yoga & Wellness Retreat

We host up to three or four week long courses or retreats a year, in partnerships with local, bilingual chefs or international wellbeing experts. The next cookery course, La Vie de Château Cookery Experience, and the next yoga retreat, the Livinge Yoga and Wellness Experience, are planned for September 2019. Check out the web pages for more information, or go to the booking page to request a brochure.

We can also organise bespoke day-courses with various partners for your stay at the château, on request and with plenty of advance notice. Missery is the perfect place to participate in a range of courses: Artists can teach you how to paint or draw; gifted writers will guide would-be novelists or history-lovers; Masters of Wine can instruct you on the Nectar of the Gods and take you on wine tastings around the vineyards of the Côte d’Or or Chablis; local chefs would be delighted to give cooking demonstrations and lessons; long-term expats can help you brush up on your French with a language course. Please note that we do need a lot of advance notice, as the best are booked up months in advance!

Things to do in Burgundy: Tips from the Hostess

  • Velo Velo : Boutique Bike Tours in Burgundy.
  • Bourgogne Authentique : Guides, interpreters and lecturers in English, French and German
  • The Jolly Traveller : John Malathronas, journalist and author of the Rough Guide Burgundy, divulges the Best of Burgundy in his jolly travelling blog.
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